Video Message from the Vice-Chancellor: A Net Zero University – Are you with us?
A video message from President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Greer, encouraging all within the Queen's Community to have their say and help shape a new strategy that will take us to net zero.
President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Greer:
At Queen’s University, we are committed to social and civic responsibility and to supporting economic growth in an environmentally sustainable way.
As part of Strategy 2030, we committed to embracing the Sustainable Development Goals across all our activities and to transition to a carbon neutral society.
This is not a simple journey, but it’s necessary and it’s urgent.
We are therefore developing a strategy to enable us to achieve these ambitions – to create a pathway and action plan to take us to net zero, and a plan for adapting to the impact of climate change.
To make sure this strategy is ambitious, credible and something everyone can get behind, the University has launched a staff and student survey and engagement campaign to ask the Queen's community for their views, priorities, concerns, and ideas for action.
This is the beginning of an ongoing conversation and an important moment in our journey to net zero. The input our staff and our students provide will help shape our path.
Achieving net zero will require all of us – students, staff, suppliers, and wider stakeholders – to work together.
I therefore encourage everyone within the community to help shape our new strategy by providing your input and feedback, whether through completing the survey or by attending one of the various engagement events we have taking place over the coming week.
Complete the survey
The online survey launches today (Monday 9 January) and will remain open until midnight on Sunday 5 February 2023.
Other opportunities to have your say:
- Students and staff are invited to join a webinar with the project team, including Professor Michael Alcorn, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Projects), and Sara Lynch, Head of Sustainability at Queen’s, on Wednesday 18 January 12.30pm – 1.30pm. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the new strategy we are developing and ask your questions. Register here.
- All staff are invited to attend an online Net Zero Staff Event on Thursday 26 January from 11.00am – 12.30pm. Staff will hear from the project team who are developing the new strategy and talk about priorities for climate action at Queen’s. The event will include the opportunity to ask questions and share your views on what we collectively need to do as a University to reduce our carbon emissions. Register here.
- All students are invited to attend a Student Summit on Monday 30 January at 5.00pm in The Cube, Student Centre, One Elmwood. Hear from the project team and a panel of peers talking about priorities for climate action at Queen’s, ask your questions and share your views. Pizza will be provided! Register here.
Learn more on our sustainability website.